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Fundamentals of Photography: The Essential Handbook for Both Digital and Film Cameras

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The most comprehensive, accessible, and completely up-to-date guide available for today’s photographer: whether beginner or advanced, using a film camera or digital.

Award-winning photographer Tom Ang provides a thorough, explicitly detailed bottom-to-top understanding of modern photography, explaining all the techniques that will help anyone who uses a camera—in a professi
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Knopf
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Dec 20, 2010 JV rated it really liked it
I was an idiot, I read it cover to cover like a novel. It's really more of a reference book. The layout, font size, and amount of information in this book would indicate it's a college-level textbook. But I bought it for dirt cheap and read it page-by-page.

I'm dizzy.
Alex Kartelias
May 29, 2015 Alex Kartelias rated it liked it
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This book was filled with so much information, I don't even know if I can recall what I read...But it's still good to be at least aware of one's ignorance and be familiar with the basics. A lot of this seems like it can be learned only through experience, but still a good book.
Daniel Roy
May 03, 2011 Daniel Roy rated it really liked it
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Tom Ang's book is a clear yet thorough guide to photography. Although it covers both digital and film photography, there is very little material that actually feels useless if, say, you only want to learn how to shoot digital. It's not a progressive course, but a solid reference, and I gained a lot by reading through it.

It's a color book, so it includes a great number of color photography to illustrate every nuance. It also covers the processing steps of digital photography, which is very useful
Nov 20, 2010 David rated it liked it
This book covers a wide array of useful topics on just about every aspect of photography, and gives a good intro to all of them. The book includes chapters each on cameras, lenses, printing, color, light, etc. The problem is that each individual topic basically gets just a two-page spread, so many topics are covered too briefly. For example, he talks about demosaicking -- how the digital camera takes a bunch of individually-monochrome pixels and produces a complete image with colors at each step ...more
May 11, 2009 Irene rated it liked it
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Pretty good resource for all things photography. I like the color-coded parts of the book, the examples of images to illustrate a talking point, and the general language used in such a way as to teach the lingo without dumbing it down.
Andres Moreira
Feb 18, 2011 Andres Moreira rated it really liked it
Pretty good book. Is a book that covers a lot of topics on photography, but in some topics get too bored and isn't too much clear! I like it in general!
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May 12, 2013 Ap Rivard rated it it was amazing
Great book, very educational even for intermediate to advance level, in my opinion.
Michael DeRose
Mar 16, 2013 Michael DeRose rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read that will get anyone on the right path.
Feb 26, 2011 Trish rated it it was amazing
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Very informative!
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Photographer, author, traveller and academic. A specialist in travel and digital photography, he has photographed extensively in Central Asia. He won the Thomas Cook award for best Illustrated Travel Book for his coverage of the Marco Polo Expedition.

Ang was senior lecturer in photographic practice at the University of Westminster for over 12 years (1991–2004) and created the MA Photographic Journ
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